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Most kids enjoy bowling. The sights, sounds, and activities in a bowling alley are engaging and fun.

Have you heard about the Kids Bowl Free (KBF) program? It delivers just what the name says — Kids Bowl Free (Yes!), and it’s offered all over the country in both the United States and Canada. What could be better than free bowling for kids?

The popular, nationwide KBF program lets kids come into local bowling alleys to play two free games every day during the summer. Families and good friends can spend some time together and enjoy the following:

  • Exciting competition and laughs together.
  • Good exercise.
  • A comfortable, air-conditioned environment on a hot day.
  • Fun sport during summer break.
  • A wonderful activity at no cost.

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Registration for KBF

Check out the Kids Bowl Free website for comprehensive information about the program and if your local bowling alley participates. The site features a drop-down menu for each state and lists the active centers. There may be a link to your local alley, and there are plenty of details throughout the KBF pages to answer any questions.

Details vary by location

Every bowling alley participating in KBF can choose the specific rules and regulations for the young bowlers who participate. When you view a local bowling alley’s details on the KBF site, the right side of the screen should show a list of conditions.

For example:

  • Dates and times available for KBF bowlers may vary.
  • Bowling shoe rentals may require payment at some locations, while others provide free shoes.
  • Age requirements may vary at different bowling alleys.
  • Some facilities prefer that KBF bowlers make a reservation ahead of time.

Call ahead

Some localities have more than one bowling center participating in KBF. Visit each of their detailed pages and individual sites to see which alley fits better for your location and time requirements. Read all the states about their program offerings.

Does one alley offer free shoes, while the other fits more with your schedule? Maybe you’ll want to try each alley at least once to see how it works. Maybe you and your friends or family will prefer one facility’s decor and alley conditions over another. The best bet is to call before you visit to confirm that they are indeed still part of the program and that there aren’t any surprises or league reschedulings for the time and day you plan to attend.

The KBF website (KidsBowlFree) includes a thorough FAQ section for some common inquiries, too [https://support.kidsbowlfree.com/]

Local alley website registrations

Most of the bowling alleys participating in KBF have arranged a dedicated page and registration form for young bowlers to sign up for free bowling ahead of time on their website. The forms confirm your name(s), address, phone number, and email. Some may ask for birth dates and the number of kids in a household.

If you have a local bowling alley not listed on the main site, they do not participate in the program…yet. The KBF site has a “suggestion” option that lets you nominate an alley you’d like to see as part of the program in the future. Perhaps your local facility will consider it and join in the fun.

KBF coupons

When summer begins, and the KBF program gets started, participants receive an email each week during the entire period the alley takes part. The email will have “Kids Bowl Free” in the subject line — Make sure it doesn’t go to your junk folder or get deleted. The email will contain links to your coupons for that week. Print them out and bring them to your bowling alley to redeem. A new option for this is the paperless version. Coupons can be sent to a phone or tablet so the alley staff can scan your code from the screen.

When you go to the front desk, mention the KBF program and show them your coupon. If there are adults bowling, too, or children joining in who are not registered as part of the program, they will need to pay the normal bowling rates.

Account set up & restrictions

Only one bowling alley can be chosen for each account you register; however, if you will be bowling at more than one facility, you can register two or more accounts. Visit each website and re-enter your information.

Keep in mind that birthday parties and large group functions cannot plan on using the KBF program benefits. KBF participants cannot combine other discounts, coupons, or specials with the program features.

Get rolling!

As the school year winds down and summer approaches, be sure to have your calendar marked to sign up for this excellent program, if possible. Check your local alley to make sure they participate, then make a plan to get rolling with free summer bowling! Have fun.